Katedra molekulární biologie a genetiky
Department of molecular biology and genetics

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Doležal, Ph.D.

Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Integrative Physiology in Drosophila

Tomas Dolezal Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
Street: Branisovska 31c
City: Ceske Budejovice, ZIP: 37005
Czech Republic

phone: +420 387772229
E-mail: tomas.dolezal@prf.jcu.cz

Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth: 27th October, 1975, Ostrov, Czech Republic
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5217-4465
Research Gate profile

1994-1997 B.S. - Biological Sciences - Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
1997-1999 M.S. - Genetics and Molecular Biology - Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague Expertise: genetics, molecular biology and immunology – graduation with honor
2000-2003 Ph.D. - Molecular and Developmental Biology and Genetics - Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice - graduation with honor

Appointments and research stays:
1996-1999 M.S. degree fellowship in Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and DNA Diagnosis, Institute of Biology of the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague
1999-2000 Research stay in laboratory of Prof. Peter J. Bryant, Developmental Biology Center, University of California, Irvine, USA
2000-2003 Ph.D. degree fellowship in laboratory of Dr. Michal Zurovec - Institute of Entomology, Academy of Science, Ceske Budejovice
2003-2004 Postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory of Prof. Peter J. Bryant, Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine
2004-2005 Postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory of Prof. Peter J. Bryant in cooperation with Dr. Philip Schwartz, National Human Neural Stem Cell Resource, Children’s Hospital of Orange County Research Institute
2006-2015 Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice
2012-2014 Visiting Assistant Professor - Stanford University School of Medicine, USA. Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship – research stay in laboratory of David S. Schneider, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
since 2016 Associated Professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice


  • June 1994 Special award by National Committee for the High School Expert Activity. Project: Genealogical and biochemical study in a Duchenne muscular dystrophy kindred
  • June 2004 Barbara Burgess Award for excellence in postdoctoral research at University of California, Irvine, USA. Project: Role of ADGF-A gene in Drosophila
  • May 2017 Scientist Award of the Year 2017 by The Learned Society of the Czech Republic for verifying the new selfish immune system concept

Committee member:
2007-2009     Grant Agency of University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice
since 2007    South Bohemia regional committee for High School Expert Activity  

Scientific grants (principal investigator):
1. Grant Agency of Academy of Sciences - Roles of extracellular adenosine in hematopoiesis and innate immunity using Drosophila as a model to study these roles in vivo (2006 – 2008)
2. Grant Agency of the Czech Republic - Role of Casein Kinase Iepsilon in breast cancer (2007 – 2010)
3. Grant Agency of the Czech Republic - Extracellular adenosine as a stress hormone in Drosophila (2009 – 2011)
4. Grant Agency of the Czech Republic - Drosophila model for study of extracellular adenosine effects on mechanisms of resistance and tolerance towards pathogens (2012 – 2014)
5. Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship - Extracellular adenosine role in energetic metabolism during immune response (2012 – 2015)
6. Grant Agency of the Czech Republic – Origin of adenosine as a signal for selfish immunity (2017-2019)

Projects for innovation of education:
1. Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – Establishing of an educational laboratory for organic chemistry and molecular biology (2007)
2. Innovation in Education project “Molecularization of biological fields at Faculty of Science” supported by EU 7th Framework Programme, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (2011-2014)

Teaching at Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
2006-2016 guarantor and lecturer (100%) of “Foundation of modern biology” (undergraduate course)
2007-2010 guarantor and lecturer (100%) of “Molecular biology and Genetics” (undergraduate course in English for international program Biological Chemistry)
2008-2009 guarantor and lecturer (20%) of “Cell regulation and signaling” (graduate course in English)
2010-2012 guarantor and lecturer (100%) of “Basic methods in molecular biology” (undergraduate course)
since 2014 lecturer (50%) of “Developmental biology” (undergraduate course)
since 2017 guarantor and lecturer (100%) of "Introduction to Cell Biology" - mandatory course for Czech undergraduate Biology programme and undergraduate course in English for international program Biological Chemistry
since 2017 guarantor of "Methods in Molecular Biology" (undergraduate course in English for international program Biological Chemistry)

Supervision of students and postdocs
 2 Postdocs / 4 Ph.D. students / 4 Master Students / 19 Bachelor Students

Invited presentations and lectures

Selected platform presentations at conferences:

  • T Dolezal, A Bajgar, G Krejcova, P Nedbalova (2019) Molecular regulations of metabolism during immune response in Drosophila.  Eighth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science (Elsevier) 7-10 July 2019  Sitges, Spain
  • T Dolezal, A Bajgar, K Kucerova, L Jonatova, DS Schneider (2014). Extracellular adenosine regulates complex host-pathogen interactions through the energy release for the immune response. 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, 26.–30.3. 2014, San Diego, USA
  • T Dolezal, J Matulova, K Kucerova, E Kubala, PJ Bryant (2009). The discs overgrown (dco) mutant - a fly model for the role of Casein Kinase Iε in breast cancer. 21st European Drosophila Research Conference, 18-21.11.2009, Nice, France
  • T Dolezal, M Gazi, E Pavlova, PJ Bryant, M Zurovec (2003). Adenosine Deaminase-related Growth Factors (ADGFs) and extracellular adenosine mediate the juvenile hormone response in Drosophila. Great Barrier Reef Drosophila Conference, 12.–17.7. 2003, Cairns, Australia


  • Krejcova G, Danielova A, Nedbalova P, Kazek M, Strych L, Chawla G, Tennessen JM, Lieskovská J, Jindra M, Dolezal T, Bajgar A (2019) Drosophila macrophages switch to aerobic glycolysis to mount effective antibacterial defense. eLife 14;8. pii: e50414. doi: 10.7554/eLife.50414. (IF=7.5)
  • Bajgar A, Salon I, Krejcová G, Dolezal T, Jindra M, Stepanek F (2019) Yeast glucan particles enable intracellular protein delivery in Drosophila without compromising the immune system. Biomater Sci 30.  doi: 10.1039/c9bm00539k.  (IF=5.2)
  • Dolezal T, Krejcova G, Bajgar A, Nedbalova P, Strasser P (2019) Molecular regulations of metabolism during immune response in insects. Insect Biochem Mol Biol 109:31-42.  doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.04.005 . (IF=3.9)
  • Bajgar A, Dolezal T (2018) Extracellular adenosine modulates host-pathogen interactions through regulation of systemic metabolism during immune response in Drosophila. PLoS Pathog 14(4): e1007022 (IF=6.6)
  • Dolezal T (2015) - Adenosine: a selfish-immunity signal? Oncotarget - Immunology and Microbiology Section 6 (32), 32307-32308 (IF=6.3)
  • Bajgar A, Kucerova K, Jonatova L, Tomcala A, Schneedorferova I, Okrouhlik J, Dolezal T (2015) Extracellular Adenosine Mediates a Systemic Metabolic Switch during Immune Response. PLoS Biol 13(4): e1002135 (IF=11.8)
  • Novakova M and Dolezal T (2011). Expression of Drosophila adenosine deaminase in immune cells during inflammatory response. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17741 (IF=3.2)
  • Fenckova M, Hobizalova R, Fric Z, Dolezal T (2011). Functional characterization of ecto-5’-nucleotidases and apyrases in Drosophila melanogaster. Insect Biochem Mol Biol 41(12): 956-967 (IF=3.4)
  • Zuberova M, Fenckova M, Simek P, Janeckova L, Dolezal T (2010). Increased extracellular adenosine in adenosine deaminase deficient flies activates a release of energy stores leading to wasting and death. Dis Model Mech 3(11-12): 773-84 (IF=4.9)
  • Dolezal T, Kucerova K, Neuhold J, Bryant PJ (2010). Casein kinase I epsilon somatic mutations found in breast cancer cause overgrowth in Drosophila. Int J Dev Biol 54: 1419 – 1424 (IF=2.8)
  • Foldynova-Trantirkova S, Sekyrova P, Tmejova K, Brumovska E, Bernatik O, Blankenfeldt W, Krejci P, Kozubik A, Dolezal T, Trantirek L, Bryja V. (2010). Breast cancer specific mutations in CK1epsilon inhibit Wnt/beta-catenin and activate Wnt/Rac1/JNK and NFAT pathways to decrease cell adhesion and promote cell migration. Breast Cancer Res 12(3): R30 (IF=5.5)
  • Dolezal T, Dolezelova E, Zurovec M, Bryant PJ (2005). A Role for Adenosine Deaminase in Drosophila Larval Development. PLoS Biol 3(7): e201 (IF=11.8)
  • Dolezelova E, Zurovec M, Dolezal T, Simek P, Bryant, PJ (2005). The emerging role of adenosine deaminases in insects. Insect Biochem Mol Biol 35(5): 381-9 (IF=2.8)
  • Dolezal T, Gazi M, Zurovec M, Bryant PJ (2003). Genetic analysis of the ADGF multigene family by homologous recombination and gene conversion in Drosophila. Genetics 165: 653-666 (IF=4.3)
  • Zurovec M, Dolezal T, Gazi M, Pavlova E, Bryant PJ (2002). Adenosine deaminase-related growth factors stimulate cell proliferation in Drosophila by depleting extracellular adenosine. PNAS 99(7): 4403-4408 (IF=10.9)

Supervised students

Ph.D. theses:
Milena Novakova, 2011 - "Regulation of extracellular adenosine level by ADGF-A in Drosophila melanogaster"
Michaela Fenckova, 2012 - "Role of extracellular adenosine in Drosophila"
Monika Zuberova, 2012 - "The role of adenosine signaling pathway in regulation of metabolic reserves"

Master degree theses:
Tomas Gregor, 2015 - "Tissue specific mutagenesis with TAL nucleases using Drosophila melanogaster as a model" (in Czech)
Lucie Jonatova, 2013 - "The Role of Dco in Drosophila Haematopoiesis”
Jana Matulova (Neuhold), 2009 - "Study of the Role of Casein Kinase I epsilon in BreastCancer Using Drosophila as a Model"

Supervised Bachelor students:
David Opavsky, Jana Kadlecova, Tomas Krucek, Radka Hobizalova, Eugen Kubala, David Hartmann, Sarka Pospisilova, Tamara Aigner, Bianca Spitzbart, Marek Renner, Kristina Preur, Tomas Gregor, Jiri Stros, Paul Strasser, Klara Kopicova, Thomas Stehrer, Barbara Jetzinger, Lukas Strych, Katharina Lehr